Wow, well after the very warm and dry start to Spring over the past few weeks has seen cooler temperature but it has remained relatively dry still. Rain has arrived, but never lasts long and even heavy downpours seem to vanish without any trace within hours and the ground goes back to being parched, dry and cracked. As a result my seedlings seem to be lagging behind a bit at the moment, even with lots of watering and pampering, there’s too much grey so we’re at a bit of a standstill.
I hope everyone else hasn’t suffered too much with the high winds experienced last week? I’ve had a little bit of damage – Buddleja branches broken and had to stick some emergency bamboo canes in the ground to protect the Sweet Rocket but otherwise everything is fine.
The ‘new’ border… which I really ought to rename to Aster border or grass border… who knows!
It’s looking a bit grim in the background but I hope to have that sorted soon now I have the time after finishing essays and just now slogging along with the dissertation.
Well, the Buddleja border looks far more exciting here than in reality… I hope this is the first year I have managed to sort it and am somewhat pleased with the result. Previously it’s always a bit of a let-down, especially once the Buddleja takes over and the Asters grow tall and effectively block out all the light to the lower area – which happens to be at the decking and is generally the area we see all the time.
I’m loving Salvia Caradonna… And so are the Bees because within seconds of opening the box I had a Bee on it :)
Recently I’ve also noticed the tiny Bees are back that I had last year… The tiny Blue ones that were chewing up the Hollyhock leaves and rolling them into tiny little balls, but I haven’t managed to get a shot of it again this year.
I also noticed something rather sad on Saturday evening, two were dead inside an Allium head… I assume it was due to rain or the high winds and they’d decided to take cover inside, as I’ve seen other Bees do. Only for some reason these died… I took photos and might post another day.
The Bees have arrived in abundance at the moment, and this is one I’ve never seen before and at first I thought might be a Bee fly because of its round body, but it’s clear from the photo that it is some sort of Bee – perhaps a Cuckoo Bee?
A variety of Bees are loving the Pyracantha blooms.
I also discovered a Wasp drinking nectar from my Cotoneasters… I thought they were predatory and didn’t like nectar/pollen??
Could anyone confirm what this is for me please?
I think it could possibly be Gladiolus, but the leaves are much too small… I did plant lots of Freesia last year but none came up, do you think it could be them? Or is it some ornamental grass? They aren’t round at the base though, so I don’t think they’re grass either………
Lots of Nigella seed… Only I don’t remember sowing any Nigella this year? Lol, I think I might’ve had a plant in this area last year, well it’s certainly left its legacy behind!
The Geraniums are out, a garden can never have too many Geraniums!
Astrantia Major ‘Roma’
The birds will appreciate the berries on this Pyracantha in the Winter…
And I made quite a discovery… The Wisteria has survived! I’m unsure whether to just get rid of it, all it’s managed are two little branches right down near the base… Everything else, I assume is dead. I had planned to get rid of it before I found this, and I’m wondering whether to still throw it away. The past two winters have taken their toll.